It’s estimated that one in eight Americans afflicted with an autoimmune disorder has Hashimoto’s disease – the most common autoimmune disorder in the United States. Hashimoto’s causes an immune system attack on thyroid tissue that can slowly lead to an under-functioning thyroid and hypothyroidism.
However, some medical professionals don’t prioritize antibody testing because it does not change the treatment plan. This is where the problem lies; if sufferers go undiagnosed, the disease can spread and put people who already have the disorder at greater risk of developing additional autoimmune diseases.
Thankfully, there are preventions and treatments that can help minimize the effects of Hashimoto’s in sufferers. Diet, lifestyle, and environment all need to be taken into account. Infections such as Epstein-Barr Virus, Lyme disease, and toxidromes like mercury toxicity and mold exposure can be sources of inflammation that increase the chances of an autoimmune attack. As a result, it’s important to know if these have a presence in your system and address any deficiencies in vitamins and minerals while healing your gut and minimizing stress.
It is important to always ask your doctor for a full thyroid panel, including antibodies, to properly diagnose and treat your disease. Don’t wait for your thyroid to stop functioning before you do something about it. Be proactive, stay informed, and seek medical assistance for the best chances of fighting Hashimoto’s.